Category Archives: Recovery

What Opioid Crisis? III Kids & Teens

According to a recent study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, the yearly rate of poisoning due to opioid overdoses among teens and children from 1997 to 2012  increased 165%. The opioid epidemic has stirred the … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery III: Lessons

From as early as eight years old, Sarah loved beer. She took her first sip at age six, first stole it at seven. In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, personal essays editor at Salon.com, … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery Story II Recovery

In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, personal essays editor at Salon.com, shares with rare vulnerability and wit how using alcohol spiraled her life downward. She also details how, slowly, she began to … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery Story I: Blackout

An Early Start From as early as eight years old, Sarah loved beer. She took her first sip at age six, first stole it at seven. In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, … Continue reading

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Tragedy, Prayer, and A Vow

In March 1982, Mickey Cortez nearly died. Seven years old, the victim of a drunk driver, Mickey landed on life-support in a hospital, the third his father Paul visited that night. Two other hospitals held other members of Paul’s family injured … Continue reading

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Job’s Story: Message of Hope

When we think of Job, his disasters come immediately to mind. We think of his lost businesses of camels, sheep, and agriculture, of his employees defending his interests to the death. We think of his children–all lost. “He went through … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Daryl Strawberry? II

“Daryl Strawberry is in the house.” The Tampa narcotics convention was all abuzz with the news. When Tracy first met Daryl there 13 years ago, however, the sight sickened her.  “Physically he was not well,” Tracy says. “He was in a … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Daryl Strawberry?

Whatever happened to Daryl Strawberry? You remember Strawberry,  the lanky, 200-pound right fielder, who helped the NY Mets win the World Series in 1986. In his debut year with them, 1983, he received the National League Rookie of the Year award. He … Continue reading

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Helping the Sufferer: Motivation

If someone we love or care about has experienced a significant loss, we want to help. We may even feel the need to help. As a friend we can provide enormous support, encouragement, and hope. One way we can err … Continue reading

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Inspiration from a Wheel-Chair

Yesterday afternoon I took my regular walk for exercise of 40+ minutes around my neighborhood. Because of my recent sore throat, I’ve missed my walks, so I felt pleased to once again get the exercise I need. On my way … Continue reading

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